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Performance Works

Performance Works


Publisher: Mousse Publishing, ISBN: 9788867494309, Format: Softcover, 170 x 210mm, 272pp, 68 colour, 8 b/w ills

Imagine a cow left for a day on Ipanema, an urban beach in Rio de Janeiro, where no animal has been seen for at least a century. Imagine taking a close look at bacteria writing a poem, or a group of friends gathered in a bar, each member enjoying a glass of some fermented beverage. What these events have in common can be encapsulated in one word that unleashes a lot of emotion and critical commentary yet evades simplistic classification: performance.

Performance Works is based on the premise that living art can only be defined through praxis, so the writers have reinforced their texts with action: accompanying artists during rehearsals and onstage, passing time together, and collectively reflecting on the essence of performance. The publication is an anthology of both newly commissioned and reprinted essays, as well as interviews and fiction that reflect on performance today. It is structured around four major sections that investigate the new performance phenomenologies by looking at artistic institutions, curatorial practices, and exhibition formats, as well as the technological turn and performative fiction.

An anthology of new and reprinted essays, interviews and fictional texts on performance art today, Performance Works investigates how artistic institutions and technological change have contributed to changes in exhibition format.

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